A farm is set to be transformed into a nature reserve.
Frampton End farm, near Frampton Cotterell, near Bristol, will become a river and nature reserve after 2028.
Locals had expressed concerns that the land would be used for housing.
A local resident and parish councillors said: “Conservation is at the heart of what we want to achieve for our rural villages, and we strongly believe that this nature reserve would have ecological and environmental benefits.”
Turning the farm into a nature reserve could cost about £1m, funded by the West of England combined authority (WECA).
According to council chiefs, a new nature reserve would boost the local area in health, education and biodiversity.
The 102-hectare farm is owned by South Gloucestershire Council and has been let to the same tenant since 1993. It was originally used as a dairy and livestock farm.